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I try as much as possible to be stupid, cocksure, intelligent, and full of doubt at all times.  Works for me, and everyone thinks I'm batshit crazy, which is a free pass.

1 year, 7 months ago on How charlatans and pseudo-science make us stupid

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Trick question: the entrepreneur drops out, thus never subjecting him/herself to the whims of a handsy gym teacher, changes the game that's "cool", then makes a mint selling sporting equipment to the school district.  See: Grant Miller & the hula hoop, inline rollerskates, freestyle walking, and "jogging".  Alternatively, you can just rap about it and call yourself "The Cool Kids".             

I was the dude in school, didn't play sports
But was still poppin' all the cheerleaders, WHAT'S POPPIN?
- Mikey, The Cool Kids 

1 year, 7 months ago on For the love of the game

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@mcarney @galica @sarahcuda I'm trying hard to live by the credo that "the only time you fail is the last time you try".  Anything less is the hallmark of a mediocre entrepreneur :)

1 year, 7 months ago on Dear Santa, here’s my LA Tech Christmas wish list

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Hi @richardjnieva!  Long time listener, first time caller.  Big fan of your writing.  If I may...  It's worth mentioning that the "user experience" you so eloquently describe is comprised of two parts: distribution & discovery.  Together, at scale, they've coalesce into a pretty thought, but I fear that (especially in Pandora's case) it still runs aground of the crippling licensing issue at play (Pandora's streaming "radio" being treated differently that terrestrial radio stations, etc etc.)  Finally, to oversimplify whilst adding a dollop of my own subjective bias:

Distribution - still a matter of "pipes" and/or hardware.  (Btw, I remember from awhile back these dudes wanting to do something like what you describe, check out: https://angel.co/overhead-fm)

Discovery - here's the deep, dark secret... IT'S MADE OF PEEEEEOPLE!    
I love me some EchoNest as much as the next guy, but this fundamentally can't be solved by perfecting an algorithm (btw... remember the Netflix Prize?) like straight-up search.  A truly consistent serendipity-UX demands that single-human deference be paid to context & curation (whether that influencer's strength is topical or social).  In short: "go DJ... that's my DJ... go DJ... that's my DJ".  Songza knows what's up.  Jelli.com seems like they do too.

Lastly, never forget this important fact:  guns don't kill people,  LAZERS DO.   ♫ DJ Schmolli - Jingle Bells Pon De Floor http://beastmode.fm/track/1345267?ref=galica via @BEASTMODEfm

Enjoy :)

1 year, 7 months ago on What digital music services can learn from Wham! and Starbucks

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I didn't wan't you to feel left out (cuz I posted a sweet jam in comments of  @mcarney's post) so I went ahead and found a good track for you (and/or suitable musical accompaniment to this blog post) too;  albeit it carries a  more somber/serious tone/tempo to match: ♫ Adele - Skyfall (WIGGZnWONZ x Young Piff & Sandor Trap Remix) http://beastmode.fm/track/1378150?ref=galica via @BEASTMODEfm

1 year, 7 months ago on Alienation, tragedy, and the canaries in the coal mine

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@mcarney I continue to love the tack of galvanizing the community in response to a common/foreign  "enemy", ha.  Btw  It occurs to me that Silicon Beach has yet to properly thank Pando for its above-and-beyond devotion for giving LA tech its due (and in truth, @sarahcuda's clever gamble).  

By the power certainly not vested in me,  I'd like to convey my gratitude by presenting you with literally the hottest single mashup track I've encountered this month. Enjoy friends, you've earned it: 
♫ Kap Slap - All of the Nights (DJ BAHLER Remash) [Kanye + Heroes X Villains + Kid Cudi + Phoenix] http://beastmode.fm/track/1364344?ref=galica via @BEASTMODEfm

1 year, 7 months ago on Dear Santa, here’s my LA Tech Christmas wish list

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I fully agree, both from a cautionary tale perspective and also along the lines of a Werner Herzog notion of "ecstatic truth" conveying greater reality through non-facts.  But how come I can't think of any in Silicon Beach right now?!  I courageously volunteer to take one for the team.  @mcarney you're on deck.

1 year, 8 months ago on So does this mean no more tech rock stars?

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FFS.  We honestly need to declare war on a country whose only natural resource is intellectual capital.  How about: Re-Revolutionary War, Part Deux (With a Vengeance).   England has no guns, so all we'd have to deal with is profuse polite apologies for the trouble of however long this takes. 

1 year, 11 months ago on The Lines From Barack Obama’s Convention Speech That Matter to the Tech Industry

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 @CamRasouli Lol I know, but I do wish you'd dress him more like he owns a nightclub.  More gold chains and satin shirts (heavily embroidered tshirts also acceptable) plz.

2 years ago on Why Isn’t This News? Nobody Expects The “Persian Jews”! Edition

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 @sarahlacy Hahah I literally just walked into Coloft and said "sup my Persian Jew!" to @avestar 

2 years ago on Why Isn’t This News? Nobody Expects The “Persian Jews”! Edition

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The best threats always leave your opponent too confused to respond.  Like facing the threat of violence at Hollywood Park while being called a "country boy".

2 years ago on Why Isn’t This News? Nobody Expects The “Persian Jews”! Edition

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